New products allow customers to control their smart home from their smartphone.
ANGELA MOSCARITOLO for PCMag: From Amazon Echo and the Nest Learning Thermostat to Philips Hue light bulbs and the August Smart Lock, there are already loads of gadgets on the market that can make your home a little smarter. Now, two tech giants — Amazon and Intel — are coming together to "advance the Smart Home ecosystem and extend natural language capabilities to consumers everywhere." The companies on Thursday unveiled two new technology initiatives to further that mission. For starters, they're working together on Intel-based smart speaker reference designs that will feature Amazon Alexa. The new designs are meant to "help hardware manufacturers accelerate their development of voice-enabled devices with the Intel platform and Alexa Voice Services," Intel and Amazon said. Developers and manufacturers should be able to check out the designs at some point in the first quarter of 2017. Cont'd...
Parks Associates and Earth Networks to present strategies to extend the IoT to 100 million "non-connected" households
Complimentary webcast addresses strategies to complete the smart home experience
Claims Journal: Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, wireless doorbell cameras, and keyless entry are among the top 10 smart home technologies for homeowners age 50 and older, according to new research from The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab. “Smart home technology can make life easier for people of all ages, but it can be especially beneficial to those ages 50 and older as their lifestyles change,” said Jodi Olshevski, gerontologist and executive director of The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence. “Keyless entry is convenient for active households, especially if there are multiple generations living under one roof. Wireless doorbell cameras can provide safety and peace of mind to families who travel or to individuals who live alone.” Cont'd.. .
HomeMaker™ brings convenience and security to fingertips by linking together all elements of your smart home features with a simple and universal system that is accessible at all times via your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
Company's Professional A/V Solutions to be Sold in Mexico, Brazil, the Middle East and Africa by New Partners
Harnessing big data and cloud service to connect cloud-based applications and hardware devices, YunOS has quickly become a critical part of Alibaba's technology infrastructure for IoT development since its launch in 2011.
PC Pitstop, maker of PC Matic, the only commercial whitelisting security technology made in America, today announced that they have earned a Bronze Best New Product of the Year in the SMB category in the Best in Biz Awards 2016.
The Yoswit Portable IR Hub uses the latest Bluetooth technology to connect and control home appliance, from the air conditioning, to maintain each individual's perfect temperature, to the TV.
44% of U.S. broadband households use voice controls on Internet-connected devices
Twist, a Smart Light Bulb that Combines AirPlay Audio and Transitional LED Lighting in a Refreshingly Compact Package; Now Available
An upgrade to something you use daily, enjoy the benefits of a smart home with the simple "Twist" of a light bulb.
Amped Wireless found themselves named twice, as a CES 2017 Innovations Award Honoree
Inspired LED and Iowa-based Igor, Inc. team up to provide long lasting LED solutions with Power over Ethernet capability.
Parks Associates: New research from Parks Associates finds smart home solutions that coordinate safety and home/away event scenarios could help a device manufacturer create cross-platform brand loyalty similar to Apple's dominance in CE device ecosystems. The IoT research firm finds U.S. consumers are more likely to own multiple CE products from Apple than from any other CE brand, with loyalty based largely around its mobile platforms. The emerging smart home markets do not have a dominant cross-platform player yet and represent an opportunity to establish a new population of brand loyalists. "Apple has built a strong base of brand loyalists—82% of Mac users who purchased a smartphone chose an iPhone. By comparison, only 38% of non-Mac users who bought a smartphone chose an iPhone," said Brett Sappington, Senior Research Director, Parks Associates. "But cross-platform loyalty is difficult to achieve. Beyond Apple, ecosystem-based thinking among U.S. consumers is not natural; manufacturers must bridge this gap through product development and marketing that emphasize brand-specific benefits in use cases that apply across computing, mobile, and entertainment platforms. Cont'd...
Philadelphia's "Miracle on South 13th Street" holiday display gets connected with Samsung SmartThings
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